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When I reach that point, how do I help it get started. Besides the obvious. Do I need to make the first few posts? Will that help?
Yes, I have some competition in this area so besides offering the general forums, I have a few that are specific to my site. I hope this helps.
I already get about 1000 visitors per day without the forum so I am hoping this will increase traffic.
Am I on the right track?
thanks for any advice
So... you need to get some "couples" out there talking. Whether you post yourself, or enlist your friends, or count on a few brave souls who currently visit your site, you've got to get some activity. Eventually, it will catch fire and you won't have to worry about it, but expect to nurture it for weeks or months.
A thousand visitors per day is a good start - post prominent links to your forum, and make it easy to get involved.
Members have posted a variety of ideas in the Starting a New Forum [webmasterworld.com] thread. Good luck!
We've all been to parties where you barely meet the host, and others where the solicitous host remembers us, asks after common acquaintances, gives us a brief tour, and otherwise makes us feel important and welcome. I know I enjoy the latter kind of party more, and I suspect that forums produce similar responses to new visitors.